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stealing his i3%rd.t? which they thought might be it On discovering it to be
useless for their purpose, they threw it away under a bush, and as the saint la
his seareli for It happened to pass by tie spot the stone Itself found Toice to tell
him where it lay. Frcin that time forth lie received every morning by mira-
culous agency a gold cola, cut of which he vas to provide the temple-offerings
{bhog} and to spend whatever remained over In the pnreaase of grain wherewith
to feed the Ssh ia the Jsuraaa aad the peacocks and monkeys on Its banks.
Gse day a Kayatii made Mm an offering of a bottle of aiar worth Rs. 1,000,
and was greatly mortified to see the Swami drop it carelessly on the ground, so
thai the bottle was broken and the precious essence all wasted. But on being
taken to ihe temple lie found that Ms gift bad been accepted by the god3 for tlae
whole building was fragrant with its perfume.
Again, a minstrel at the court of the Delili Emperor had an incorrigibly
stupid son, who was thereupon expelled in disgrace. In Ms wanderings he
happened to come to Brincla-ba% and there threw Mmself down on the road to
sleep, la the early morning the Swami, going from the Hidh-ban to batihe,
stumbled over him, and after hearing his story gave Mm the name of Tan-sen,
and by the mere exercise of his will converted Mm at once into a most accom-
plished musician. On his return to Delhi, the Emperor was astonished at the
"brilliancy of his performance, and determined Mmself to pay a visit to Brinda-ban
and see the master under whom lie had studied. Accordingly, whea he was
nest at Agra, he casie over to Mathura, and rode out as far as Bhat-rond—
half-way—-whence he proceeded on foot to the Xidh-ban. The saint received
Us old pupil very graciously, "bat took no notice of Ms royal companion, fchongh
lie knew perfectly well who he was. At last, as the Emperor continued be®"-
giag tLtt lie might be of some servlce7 lie took him to the Bihari ghat close by,
•which for the nonce appeared as if each one of its steps was a single precious
stone set ia a border of gold ; and there showing him one step with a slight Haw
in it, asked Lira to replace it by another. This was a work beyond the capacity
eirea of the great Ecaperor^ who thereupon contented Mmself with making a
small endowment for the support of the sacred monkeys and peacocks and then,
went his way after receiving a most wearisome amount of good advice.
2s 3 further incident is recorded in the life of Hari Bas^ the date of wliose
dmtk is giYen as Somlat 1537. He was succeeded as Mahant by his uncle
Bhhal-Bipnl ; and lie by Bih&ri Das. Ike latter was so absorbed in enthu-
siasm          m Sirasvat Brahman, of Fanjabi extraction, by name Jagannathr
was feroiagiit oirer from ELo! to adaiinister the affairs of the temple ; and after